More about Wild Dagga
In South Africa dagga is the common name for Cannabis. It was first recorded around 1670 and it is the Khoekhoe language word for hemp and for the Leonotis species. Wild Dagga has been used traditionally in folk medicine as a natural anxiolytic. In traditional African medicine they use it for a variety of heart problems, against the common gold and fevers, headaches or even malaria.
For many it is a legal substitute for marijuana. When smoking Wild Dagga similar effects are reported. Mild euphoria, giggles, alter perception and the like. People like to mix it in herbal smoke blends.
Wild Dagga botanical description
Wild Dagga (Leonotis leonurus) or Lion’s Tail is a tall shrubby South African plant of the Lamiaceae (Mint family) with deep green foliage that elongates into long strips after flowering. Especially striking for its fiery orange, feathery flower tufts that bloom in spikes or balls, depending on the species (e.g., L. leonurus vs. L. nepetefolia). The very closely related L. nepetefolia has similar morphological and entheogenic properties, and looks very similar. However, L. leonurus is commonly called “Lion’s Tail” because of its feathery gladiolus-like spiked flowers, whereas L. nepetofolia is commonly called “Lion’s Ear” because of its furry ball-shaped flower bundle. The scent of the foliage is very minty and needs to be kept in sealable closed containers, as the aroma is rather pungent.